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The Big Problem With NBC's New Bill Cosby Show

Say what you will about cable and on-demand television, NBCUniversal could take a lesson from the creative work bubbling up from the web, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.

Witness the Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA  ) subsidiary's new deal with Bill Cosby. According to Deadline, the comedian is working on another half-hour comedy reminiscent of the 1980s era hit, The Cosby Show. The new program will apparently follow a similar format with Cosby as the patriarch of a multi-generational family. Expect heavy doses of observational humor about marriage, parenting, and family life.

All great stuff, Tim says, but also programming that many of us have seen before. Fans and investors should want fresher takes, especially when you consider that original dramas The Blacklist and Grimm are proving to be sustainable ratings winners for NBCUniversal. The network's comedies haven't done nearly as well.  A new Cosby Show isn't likely to tip the scales, Tim says.

Why? Partly, because comedy is difficult to produce. But Tim says it's also hard to give NBCUniversal credit for resurfacing The Cosby Show when there's so much good work to be found on the web. Chris Hardwick's Nerdist channel on YouTube is  good example. Or, Jerry Seinfeld's offbeat talk show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which airs on Sony's (NYSE: SNE  ) Crackle web television network. The show draws some 25 million streams regularly -- numbers that even the legendary Bill Cosby might find tough to match.

Now it's your turn to weigh in. What if you were head of NBC's broadcast programming group? Would you bring back Cosby? Why or why not? Please watch the video to get Tim's full take and then leave a comment to let us know whether you would buy, sell, or short Comcast stock at current prices.

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Tim Beyers

Tim Beyers first began writing for the Fool in 2003. Today, he's an analyst for Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova. At, he covers disruptive ideas in technology and entertainment, though you'll most often find him writing and talking about the business of comics. Find him online at or send email to For more insights, follow Tim on Google+ and Twitter.

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